|Making Christian Web Pages
Your Web page is an opportunity to share your faith,
use the unique talents and abilities that have been given to you
and share God's Word with the world.
All you need to start, is a heart for the Lord, and a
willing, teachable spirit. The Lord will surprise and
How Pages are Created:
Learning HTML or HTML editors:
HTML or Hypertext Markup Language is used to create documents on the World
Wide Web. HTML is a relatively simple language that utilizes elements, such as TAGS to
create the desired features of the page.
For those not wishing to take the time to learn the code many products are now available that write the code for you. Netscape 4.0 and Internet Explorer 4.0 both have HTML editors. Netscape has Netscape Composer and Internet Explorer has Front Page Express. HTML editors give you an extra advantage by allowing you to simply point and click to place text, graphics, links, and sound.
Finding a Site for your Pages:
If you are wanting your own "www.myministryname.org or .com", you will have to find a server to host your web site (such as HiWay Technologies). There is a fee for hosting your web site and also a fee to the InterNic to register your web site name.
There are many sites on the Net that are giving away free space for your personal homepage. Because they are free...there will usually be some sort of advertising on them, in the form of "pop up" boxes or banners that appear on the page. Unless you are wanting to spend money to have your own web site...these advertisements are just a minor inconvenience. Many of these sites (such as Tripod and Geocities) also offer you the option to have a site without advertising for a minimal monthly fee. Most of the sites listed below have a basic HTML editor built right into their site, if you want to get started right away without learning HTML or learning to use your HTML editor.
Free web hosting sites
Now, with the technical stuff out of the way...you can go on to the "fun" stuff!
FTP (file transfer protocol)
Programs- You can FTP your pages to your server instead of
using their online editor. It is often more simple to use these programs then trying to
wait on the online editors. The one that I have used most often is WS FTP.
More Home Page design sites:
How To Get your Web Page Seen by
Web Rings- At present, there are 601 Christian web rings that you can join. They have HTML that you will need to insert on your page and other directions in which to join. Christian Web rings (*note* you may have to search on the word "Christian" to retrieve the list)
Banner Exchanges- Banner Exchange programs are
really advertising brokers that people click thru.They will ask you to post other peoples
banners on your site. You don't have control of what type of banners are posted on your
pages. So you will want to be careful in what banner exchange programs that you sign up
Give Awards- Awards are one of the best ways to create more traffic to your site. Everyone loves recognition. Offering an award can double the hits to your site quickly. The more sites that have your award, the more hits you will get.You can have one that fits both the Christian and non-Christian...or you can have seperate ones for each site. To get your award noticed in the web community, you will need to go out there on your own and locate sites to present them to. Twenty is a good number to begin with. After you give out the initial twenty your site will begin to get the hits. Another way to get people to know that you have an award is to place it on sites that have a list of links to sites that present awards.Here is one to get you started: Award Site Heaven